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2nd CCP4/BGU Workshop on Advanced Methods for Macromolecular Structure Determination

February 23 - March 4, 2020
Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel

We are very pleased to announce the 2nd CCP4/BGU Workshop on Advanced Methods for Macromolecular Structure Determination, which will take place at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beer-Sheva, Israel, between 23rd February to 4th March, 2020.

The workshop is limited to 25 participants, and everybody who is interested is welcome to apply.

The workshop program will be suitable for last-year PhD students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and young scientists in their first years of research.

The workshop will embrace the full course of Macromolecular Crystallography and Cryo-EM: from data collection to structure solution and PDB Deposition, with a particular emphasis on practical aspects of each and every step.

In addition, all participants will have an opportunity to carry out remote data collection at Diamond Light Source on their own samples.

A team of leading structural biology software developers from around the world will present lectures and tutorials and will also be available to help participants with their own projects, such as processing own data and solving structures during hands-on sessions of the workshop.

More information, including “how to apply”, registration form and tentative program, can be found at:

The closing date for application is 20.12.2019.

Understanding Biology through Structure

March 16 - March 20, 2020
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, Santa Fe NM

This symposium, designed to bring together junior and senior scientists, will feature recent advances in structural biology including technology development, protein-nucleic acid complexes, viral pathogenesis and vaccine design, cell signaling, design and discovery of drugs, and structure, dynamics, and function of membrane proteins.

Keynote speakers are Ilme Schlichting, David Stuart, Erica Ollmann Saphire,Robert Stroud, Suzanne Scarlata, David Eisenberg, Wayne Hendrickson, Yvonne Jones, Eva Nogales, and Tom Blundell.

Speakers at the symposium will be encouraged to present sufficient background and experimental detail so that students can understand the significance, promise, and limitations of their work. Each talk will have a full 10 minutes of discussion (15 minutes for Keynote talks). Moderators for each session will help include students and postdocs in the discussion. Students and postdocs will have many opportunities to talk with more senior researchers at conference breaks, meals, receptions and poster sessions.

The symposium will include a poster session with up to 80 presenters. Registered student and postdoc poster presenters can apply for travel awards covering hotel and registration which will be awarded based on the applicant\'s publication record and abstract.  Successful applicants will be notified on a rolling basis about a month after they register for the conference.

After the main conference there will be an optional Phenix workshop with lectures and hands-on sessions on using Phenix for crystallography and cryo-EM.

11th International Workshop on Radiation Damage to Biological Samples

March 25 - March 27, 2020
PSI, Switzerland

The Workshop will address essential questions and challenges of radiation damage to biological samples during their examination with ionizing radiation. The workshop will cover various X-ray and electron scattering techniques, from crystallography to imaging, and offers ample opportunities for information exchange and discussion among researchers from around the globe.

CCP4 Crystallographic School in South Africa

March 31 - April 8, 2020
University of Cape Town, South Africa

We are pleased to announce the CCP4 Crystallographic School in South Africa, to be held from 31 March — 08 April 2020 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The workshop will cover all aspects of protein structure solution by X-ray crystallography, including the fundamental concepts of protein crystallography, crystallographic data collection, processing of diffraction data, phasing, structure refinement, validation and deposition in the PDB, as well as an introduction to CryoEM and Electron Diffraction.

Participants will have the opportunity to collect data from their own crystals at Diamond Light Source via remote access, in a data collection session facilitated by Diamond beamline staff. Software covered includes iMosflm, XDS, DIALS, BLEND, PHASER, SHELX, MrBUMP, SIMBAD, ARP/wARP, Coot, REFMAC, Isolde, Crank2, PISA and more. This workshop is most suitable for postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and early career scientists working in structural biology.

Researchers from all countries will be considered but suitably qualified applicants from African universities will be given preference. Online applications are open until 25 January 2020. A total of 25 participants will be selected. The selection results will be announced no later than 14 February, 2020. For the school program and a list of confirmed speakers, please visit our workshop webpage at

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Cape Town next year!

British Crystallography Association Spring Meeting

April 6 - April 9, 2020
University of Leeds

On behalf of the Programme Committee and Organisers, I am pleased to welcome you to the BCA Spring Meeting 6 - 9 April 2020 at Leeds University.  Please check back for further information including further details of prize and plenary lecturers.  The traditional early-career prize session will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 8 April.  Throughout the rest of the programme there will often be three sessions running in parallel in addition to a range of workshops. 

Integrated Applications of Structural Biology

May 1 - May 2, 2020
Vanderbilt University

In celebration of its 20 year anniversary, the Vanderbilt University Center for Structural Biology in Nashville is holding a special Symposium entitled Integrated Applications of Structural Biology.  See our website for registration and more information.

International School of Crystallography - Erice 2020

May 29 - June 6, 2020
Erice, Sicily, Italy


The past several years have produced transformations both in the long term management of chronic diseases and in the treatment of illnesses that previously seemed intractable. Nevertheless, understanding and managing human health remains one of the most challenging aspects of our society. One fundamental problem is the lack of a full comprehension of the underlying biology of healthy and diseased states. While structural information is still applied at different stages of the drug design process, especially during drug optimization, the focus has now decisively moved earlier, to providing tools for the understanding of the disease biology. This has resulted in traditional structural biology techniques being thoroughly integrated with other disciplines, including biophysics, informatics, biology and chemistry. Because of the continuously evolving experimental and computational techniques, the success of the entire process depends on proper management of the increasing complexity, diversity and volume of data generated. The purpose of the course is to provide the students with: a) an overview of the current structural and biophysical techniques used in the field; b) the use of informatics tools in drug discovery; c) the evolving role of chemistry in drug design and biology understanding; and d) an introduction to biologics and their applications.  Several case studies will be presented to highlight the different topics. Hands-on workshops and tutorials will complement the lectures.

HFIR/SNS Advanced Neutron Diffraction and Scattering workshop (HANDS2020)

June 1 - June 5, 2020
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Spallation Neutron Source

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in conjunction with North Carolina State University, and support from the National Science Foundation and the Shull Wollan Center — a Joint Institute for Neutron Scattering, celebrates a decade of neutron scattering education in structural biology at ORNL with the HFIR/SNS Advanced Neutron Diffraction and Scattering workshop (HANDS 2020).

Detailed information can be found on the workshop web page:

Application deadline: April 24, 2020

Fellowships to support travel and accommodation are available (subject to availability of funds)

The workshop aims at enabling structural biologists to fully exploit the latest instrumentation and software development at the SNS and HFIR facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Participants of HANDS 2020 will become familiar with neutron techniques with hands-on experiments in sample preparation, crystallography, small angle scattering, reflectometry and neutron spin echo. The workshop is designed for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty with limited to no experience with neutron sciences.

Les Houches-TSRC Protein Dynamics Workshop

June 7 - June 12, 2020
Ecole de Physique des Houches, France

This workshop is a forum for presenting, teaching and discussing results from the application of state-of-the-art experimental (including, but not limited to, optical spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, XFELs, electron microscopy, AFM and scattering methods), and theoretical and computational approaches to studying protein dynamics.


June 12 - June 19, 2020
Oléron island, France

We are pleased to announce the 7th RéNaFoBiS Oléron workshop, dedicated to Integrative Structural Biology, that will take place on the Oléron island (France), from June the 12th until June the 19th, 2020. The main objective of this workshop is to offer a theoretical and practical training in the different techniques used in integrative structural biology (X-ray diffraction, small angle X-ray scattering, NMR, cryo-electron microscopy, sample preparation for structural biology, biophysical methods to study and characterize macromolecular interactions). The goals are to explain and illustrate, to an audience mainly composed of doctoral students and young researchers, the contributions and limitations of each method with a strong emphasis on their complementarity/synergies and future developments.

The official language of the workshop is French but presentations may be given in English, depending on the overall profile of the students. For practicals, English and French speaking groups may be organized.

Registration will be open on a specific web site starting January 20th, 2020 (maximum number of participants: 25).

Applications will be evaluated upon deposition.

60th Anniversary Meeting of The British Biophysical Society

July 1 - July 3, 2020
University of Nottingham

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 60th Anniversary meeting of the British Biophysical Society. This is the largest national meeting of the British Biophysical Community.

Biophysics through time and Space: the BBS @ 60 University of Nottingham Wed 1st July – Fri 3rd July 2020 Further details and registration:

This edition is particularly special as it celebrates 60 years since the founding of the British Biophysical Society. We have an excellent programme of speakers representing biophysics from the picosecond to the evolutionary time scales and from the nano to the macro length scales. Over 25% of speakers will be chosen from submitted abstracts and flash talks will be selected from poster presenters.

We would love to welcome you to the University of Nottingham. So please join us for this very special event.

8th NovAliX Conference

June 15 - June 17, 2020
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Biophysics in Drug Discovery 2020 | US Edition

Developing the Synergy between Biophysics and Medicinal Chemistry to Deliver Better Drugs

The eighth edition of the conference intends again to bring together biophysicists and medicinal chemists, the synergy between their disciplines being key to deliver better drugs on a shorter timeline.

CCP4/APS School in Macromolecular Crystallography: From data collection to structure refinement and beyond

June 15 - June 22, 2020
Advanced Photon Source (APS) synchrotron site at Argonne National Laboratory, near Chicago

We are pleased to announce the 13th annual CCP4/APS crystallographic school “From data collection to structure refinement and beyond” will be held on June 15-22, 2020 at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), near Chicago, Illinois, USA.


June 15 through 22, 2020


Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne (Near Chicago), Illinois, USA

The school comprises two parts: data collection workshop and crystallographic computing workshop. Data collection workshop includes beamline training, data collection on GM/CA@APS beamlines 23ID-D and 23ID-B equipped with Pilatus3 6M and Eiger 16M detectors respectively, and data processing. For data collection, only the participants\' crystals will be used. Crystallographic computation workshop will feature many modern crystallographic software packages taught by authors and other experts. The daily schedule will be organized in three

sections – lectures, tutorials, and hands-on (interactive trouble-shooting of the technical difficulties the participants face in their projects). We have had considerable success resolving these problems in past years, attested by resulting publications (see A sample program, contact info and other details can be found at the School website.

Applicants: Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and early-career faculty, along with commercial/industrial researchers are encouraged to apply. Only about 20 applicants will be selected for participation. Participants of the workshop are strongly encouraged to bring their own problem data sets or crystals so the problems can be addressed during data collection and/or computation workshops.


Application deadline is April 1th, 2020.

To apply, visit


The registration for application is free but there is $500 participation fee for the selected academic students and $950 for industrial researchers. A valid credit card is required for registration, however, it will be charged only for students selected to

participate. The students will be responsible for their transportation and lodging. The workshop organizers can assist in making lodging reservations at the Argonne Guest House. The workshop will cover all other expenses (including meals).


Data-Rich Experiments in Serial Crystallography, Time-Resolved Studies and MicroED

July 25 - July 26, 2020
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, USA

The Gordon Research Seminar on Diffraction Methods in Structural Biology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Macromolecular crystallography is experiencing a revolution in the rate of data collection. This has been enabled through innovations in fast readout detectors, extensive beamline automation, and the development of more advanced sources such as XFELs. Serial crystallography, time-resolved studies and dynamics, and micro electron diffraction are harnessing these developments to generate an unprecedented amount of data. As gigabyte and even terabyte-sized datasets become more common, high performance data storage and new methods to automate data processing will be paramount in the standard workflow. This seminar will highlight experiments already producing large datasets and methods facilitating fast and efficient protein structure solution. We also ask the question: what new biological systems could be the next great structural challenge given this data-rich revolution?

2020: 70th ACA Annual Meeting

August 2 - August 7, 2020
San Diego, California, USA

Tentative Schedule:

Workshops & Opening Reception: Sunday, August 2, 2020

Sessions Day One: Monday, August 3, 2020

Sessions Day Two: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Sessions Day Three: Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Sessions Day Four & Banquet: Thursday, August 6, 2020

Future Planning Meeting: Friday, August 7, 2020

General Assembly & Congrewss of the International Union of Crystallography IUCr 25

August 22 - August 30, 2020
Prague, Czech Republic

Modern crystallography is an interdisciplinary subject covering structural biology, pharmacy and chemistry to physics and materials science. It includes the study of protein structures and also the crystals structures and microstructures of minerals, new functional materials, nanoparticles, bulk materials, and thin films. It is interested also in the relationship between the structure and function of materials. Important related topics is development of instrumental techniques for structural characterization of materials including large facilities XFELs, synchrotrons and neutron sources but also continuous improvement of laboratory equipments, development of optics, better and faster detectors.

The core methods of crystallography are X-ray and neutron scattering. However, mainly in last decade, it includes electron diffraction and microscopy, NMR and different spectroscopies. This development also allows investigation of structural changes under extreme conditions such as high and low temperatures, high pressures, time-resolved studies, different in-situ experiments in external fields (magnetic, electric), chemical reactions.

The scope of the congress comprises all this. Moreover, this is the 25th anniversary congress and completes one era of these congresses that started in 1948.

The congress programme is prepared by the International Programme Committee representing mainly the IUCr commissions that are also the main focus of the congress: Aperiodic Crystals, Biological Macromolecules, Quantum Crystallography, Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials, Crystallographic Computing, Crystallographic Nomenclature, Crystallographic Teaching, Crystallography in Art and Cultural Heritage, Crystallography of Materials, Electron Crystallography, High Pressure, Inorganic and Mineral Structures, Magnetic Structures, Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography, Neutron Scattering, NMR Crystallography and Related Methods, Powder Diffraction, Small-Angle Scattering, Structural Chemistry, Synchrotron and XFEL Radiation, XAFS.

All the organizers and IPC will do the best in setting up an attractive programme covering the latest advances in crystallography and related sciences to attract both young and senior scientists as well as companies.

The inauguration of the Congress will take place on the evening of August 22, 2020 followed by seven full days of scientific sessions, 8-9 in parallel, in maximum. The closing ceremony will take place in the evening of August 29. Workshops (half and full day) can be held on August 21-22, and also on August 30, after the congress.

8th Murnau Conference on Structural Biology 2020

September 16 - September 19, 2020
Murnau, Germany

The Murnau Conference on Structural Biology is the biannual meeting of the study group Structural Biology of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM), taking place in the beautiful scenery of the Alpine foothills of Bavaria.

During three days in September of 2020, established leaders of the field and younger scientists will come together for discussions in a relaxed atmosphere. Besides lectures given by invited speakers, there is room for additional oral presentations and posters. Industry exhibitions and social events further complement the program.

BioStruct-Africa Structural Biology Workshop

November 14 - November 15, 2020
University of Rwanda

BioStruct-Africa will be organizing a structural biology workshop at the Third African (Synchrotron) Light Source Conference (AfLS3).